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Muschamp Not Giving Reporters A Chance To Ask A Question

FLORIDA MEDIA DAYSSome coaches walk to the podium, say a little, then take questions.  Some just take questions.

Florida’s Will Muschamp walked to the lectern today and has talked and talked and talked and talked.  A million-miles-per-hour, Muschamp has seemingly mentioned every single player on the Gators roster so far.

No questions from the media yet.  It appears to be Muschamp’s talkative version of Dean Smith’s old four-corners offense.

“We’ll probably play more six DBs this year it’s Jeff Driskel’s team now we’ve got to get better passing the football I told Jeff if he were my son I’d tell him to sign that baseball contract we’ve got to be strong up the middle it’s impressive that the NFL is coming to us to hire their coordinators…”

Read that all as fast as possible and you’ll get an idea of the rapid-fire delivery of UF’s third-year football coach.

Take a breath, man.

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Florida Quarterback Jeff Driskel Signs With Boston Red Sox

Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) throws a pass against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRETaken in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel signed with the club on Wednesday.  The deal was first reported by a Boston radio station and later confirmed by Driskel’s father,  who says his son will continue to play football at Florida.

As long as deal is baseball specific and he doesn’t sign any commercial endorsement deals, Driskel can remain NCAA eligible in football and on scholarship

Driskel’s mother denied the report Wednesday night but his father confirmed it an hour later.  ”Heck yeah he signed,” Jerry Driskel said. “If football doesn’t work out, he’ll play baseball, but he’s still playing football [at Florida next season].”

When Driskel was drafted last month the news seemed to surprise even him.  ”Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming,” he wrote on Twitter.

Update: Driskel posted this to his Twitter feed this morning.

 

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UF’s Muschamp: Driskel To Start Versus FSU

You can pencil Jeff Driskel into the lineup for Florida this weekend.  The Gators’ starting quarterback will return to action at Florida State on Saturday after an ankle injury cost him last week’s game with Jacksonville State.

According to Will Muschamp:

 

“Jeff looked very good at practice yesterday and he’ll be ready to go.  Yes, he would (start) at this time.  Obviously we’ve still got a couple of more days of practice, but he looked good enough to me that he’ll be fine. 

(Backup) Jacoby Brissett looked fine, too.  We’ll go from there. Right now, Jeff looks good.”

 

Florida State ranks #5 nationally in scoring defense, #1 in rushing defense, #5 in passing defense, and #1 overall in total defense.  Florida ranks #118 (out of 124 teams) in passing offense and ranks no higher than 40th nationally in scoring offense, rushing offense and total offense.

The Gators not only need Driskel back in action on Saturday… they’ll need him to be at his very best.

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UF’s Driskel Could Miss Season-Ender With FSU

The sprained ankle that will keep Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel out of action this weekend could cause even bigger issues for the Gator signal-caller.  Namely, it could keep him out of Florida’s season-ending showdown with Florida State in two weeks.

Will Muschamp said today that not only will Driskel miss the Jackonsville State game on Saturday, but moving forward, there’s really no certainty as to when his quarterback will be ready to return.

“We’re just working through this week,” Muschamp said.  “Whenever you deal with an ankle it’s a day-to-day process.  It’s a situation that continues to improve.  How much it’ll improve into next week, I have no idea at this time.  We feel like he’ll be available, but who knows?”

Florida (9-1) will travel to Florida State (9-1) for this year’s rivalry game.

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SEC Headlines – 11/12/12

Apologies for a quickie headline post today.  Too much going on with coaching searches and phone calls to check on coaching searches.

 

1.  Gene Chizik believes he can turn things around at Auburn.

2.  Is Alabama becoming too pass happy?

3.  Here are this week’s SEC football Players of the Week.

4.  Bowl projections for everyone.

5.  The SEC’s BCS title streak is in jeopardy now.

6.  Is Texas A&M proving that big, bad SEC defenses can be taken down by “an offense imported from Conference USA.”

7.  Pushing hard to land an SEC job, could Tommy Tuberville’s slap of a grad assistant hurt his chances?

8.  Meet the SEC’s hoops Players of the Week.

9.  TCU’s Gary Patterson sorta/kinda denies the Arkansas rumors.

10.  Mike Leach says he won’t be leaving Washington State this offseason.

11.  Ex-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel says there’s “no substance” to rumors that he might land at Kentucky.

12.  Mississippi State fans can tell you that it’s never good to be described as “reeling.”

13.  Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is doubtful for Saturday’s game with Jacksonville State due to a sprained ankle.

14. From bad to worse: Tennessee loses linebacker Curt Maggitt to an ACL tear.

15.  Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said “that wound has healed” when asked about Derek Dooley’s postgame celebration after UT beat Vandy last year.

16.  Texas A&M was simply the better team in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

17.  South Carolina opened the Frank Martin era with a win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

18.  Ready for another Kentucky-Duke hoops clash tomorrow?

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Ole Miss Field Goal Beats Arkansas, Georgia In SEC East Driver’s Seat, Aggies Crush Auburn

Ole Miss 30 – Arkansas 27

1. Rebels one win away from bowl eligibility as Ole Miss kicker Bryson Rose connects on 31-yard field goal time expires.  

2. Back-to-back SEC wins for Ole Miss for the first time since November 2009.

3. Ole Miss runs identical play four straight times in fourth quarter. Hugh Freeze: ”I’m a high school coach at heart, so I don’t mind running a play several times in a row.”

4. Arkansas drops its second straight game at War Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1997.

5. Razorbacks receiver Brandon Mitchell suspended before the game.  Will he be back this year? John L. Smith: “We anticipate yes. But I don’t … we’ll have more answers for you on that.”

Georgia 17 – Florida 9

6. Consecutive Georgia wins over Florida for the first time since the late 1980′s.  Malcolm Mitchell: “How many of y’all honestly thought we were going to win?”

7. Quarterback Aaron Murray gets his first win over a top 10 opponent; freshman running back Todd Gurley goes for 124 yards on 27 carries.

8. Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones -  “had his own personal Cocktail Party…”

9. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel commits four turnovers, sacked five times.  Will Muschamp: “You can’t put everything on Jeff Driskel.”

10. In all, six turnovers for the Gators. Muschamp: “Six turnovers. Wow. It ended with that. That’s the end of the game in my opinion — six turnovers.”

 Texas A&M 63 – Auburn 21

11. Most points ever for a visiting team to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

12. Aggies top three running backs combine for 247 yards on 35 carries.

13. Auburn defense gives up a school-record 671 yards. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder: “It’s embarrassing.”

14. Auburn coach Gene Chizik asked three times after the game about his job security: “I’m not going there.”

15. “Is this the last time we’ll see Gene Chizik as Auburn’s head coach?”

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Report: Bama QB McCarron Might Have Meniscus Tear (But He Doesn’t)

Nick Saban initially said that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had just bruised his knee in last week’s win over Missouri.  He said that his quarterback would be fine in a day or two.

But today, FoxSports.com’s Russ Mitchell tweeted the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCarron didn’t practice yesterday as the Tide prepared for a game at Tennessee on Saturday.

A meniscus tear — depending on the severity — might not be that big of a deal.  The person writing this story right now has a torn meniscus and a shot every six months clears it right up.  I’m certainly not a college quarterback, but I’m not a fast-healing 20-something, either.

If McCarron has a serious tear, then surgery could be needed.  But referring to the injury as a bruised knee would suggest that the meniscus injury for Bama’s quarterback – if he even has a meniscus tear — is not that serious.  If that’s the case, then McCarron would likely have some swelling, some pain, and limited motion in the knee joint.  If he were a dual quarterback, that might be more of an issue, but McCarron is not Johnny Manziel or Jeff Driskel or James Franklin.

If he has a meniscus tear, it’s likely Alabama’s signal-caller will play with it.  It’s also likely opposing defenses will try harder than ever to pressure McCarron in the pocket.

 

UPDATE — According to Mitchell, both McCarron’s mother and cousin have said there is no meniscus tear in the quarterback’s knee.

And welcome to the crappy world we’ve all had a role in creating.  I get snarky emails all the time from young pups who say they get all their information from Twitter because it’s immediate.  Well, it’s also ridiculously unreliable.

But because people want immediate information in 140-character bursts — and could care less what’s right, what’s wrong, or how credible the tweetsman is — media members worry more about Twitter than truth.  We care more about breaking a damn story than actually, ya know, trying to find out if said story is correct.

Why?  Because you don’t care.  You just want your fast food info.  And we don’t care.  We just give you whatever you want to try and keep you coming back.

Fans blame the media.  The media blames the fans.  I say we’re just in a circle pattern that’s going to keep repeating until someone realizes what a hodge-podge of BS and smart-aleck comments Twitter really is.

And as always, you can become one of our 32,000+ Twitter followers right here at twitter.com/mrsec!

Already one of Maxim’s “Top 100 Twitter Accounts Every Guy Should Follow,” last week we were listed as one of Athlon Sports’ “Top 25 Twitter Feeds Every SEC Fan Should Follow.”

At least our Twitter crap is well-respected Twitter crap.  Huzzah!

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WOW Afternoon Headlines – 9/3/12

Florida names Jeff Driskel starting QB for Texas A&M game
ESPN’s “College GameDay” show will be live in College Station, TX
Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson: “If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us.  Period.”
Missouri hosts Georgia in its first SEC contest Saturday
Georgia’s Mark Richt isn’t saying who is and who isn’t suspended for Saturday’s game
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw “has trouble lifting his arm” and is questionable for Saturday’s game with East Carolina
Tennessee LB Herman Lathers’ is “probable” for Saturday against Georgia State despite a shoulder injury
Tennessee now has three “co-starters” listed at running back
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Georgia Bulldogs Tame The Bulls; Florida Gators Down The Falcons

Georgia 45 – Buffalo 23

1. Freshman running back Todd Gurley stars in his debut; a 100-yard kick return, 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

2. In front of the first non-sellout of a home opener since 1998, shorthanded Bulldogs defense-absent five frontline players – gives up 347 yards of total offense.

3. Jeff Schultz: “Great teams don’t have first games like this.”

4. Will suspended starters Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree play against Missouri? Mark Richt: “Yes, they were suspended for this game and we’ll find out next week what we’ll do next week.”

5. Another concern - injuries piling for the Bulldogs. Will cornerback Malcom Mitchell and offensive lineman John Theus be ready for next week?

Florida 27 – Bowling Green 14

6. Two touchdowns and a career-high 154 yards for running back Mike Gillislee.

7. Who is Florida’s starting quarterback? “Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett looked equally uncomfortable.”

8. 14 penalties for 106 yards for the Gators.  Will Muschamp: “Believe me, we’ve exhausted every measure I know.”

9. A non-sellout crowd on hand.  Mike Bianchi: “Have you ever felt less of a buzz for a UF season than this one?”

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UF Releases Depth Chart… But Two-Headed Monster At QB Remains

There’s an old adage in football and I happen to be a big believer in it:

 

“Show me a team with two good quarterbacks and I’ll show you a team without a great quarterback.” 

 

For the sake of Florida’s fans, I hope that’s not the case in Gainesville this season.  But it sure seems to be.

Today, Will Muschamp unveiled his depth chart heading into Saturday’s opener with Bowling Green.  The quarterbacks, however, were listed with a great big “OR” between their names.  Oh, sure, there’s an element of gamesmanship involved in this.  But make no mistake, Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett have been splitting reps from spring onward.  Even with Driskel suffering a bruised scapula, Brissett was apparently not able to grab the starting job and run with it.

And these aren’t drastically different types of quarterback.  This isn’t a change-of-pace kind of deal.  Show me a Leak/Tebow or Greene/Shockley dynamic and I’ll buy forget about that old adage above.  But Florida’s QBs are similar.  One’s 6-6, 237.  The other is 6-6, 229.

In 2012, Driskel was 16-of-34 for 148 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  He had 16 rushes for 18 yards.  Brissett was 18-of-39 for 206 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.  He had 13 rushes for seven yards.

Sim-i-lar.

Perhaps one or the other will prove himself be a gamer come Saturday.  For now, though, it appears that Florida will have to lean pretty heavily on Mike Gillislee and the new Gator ground game in 2012.

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